Julie Walters Steele
Director of Reynolds Homestead
Julie Walters Steele has spent more than 20 years in higher education administration, and is happy to be serving the community as Director of Reynolds Homestead. She is responsible for providing leadership and vision for the Community Enrichment Center and Rock Spring Plantation.
"I'm honored to work with such a fantastic staff and great volunteers," says Julie. "It is our mission to enrich lives through arts, education, and economic development, and we have a great time doing it."
A native of South Carolina, Julie is a graduate of Clemson University and enjoys pulling for the Tigers. When time allows, Julie enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, gardening, and enjoying nature. She's also an avid reader and enjoys writing too.
276.694.7181 ext. 23
Senior Program Manager
Lisa Martin, senior program manager, comes to the Reynolds Homestead with past experience in secondary education and marketing and new product development. Lisa says “This was a perfect background for a new career in programming,” and she believes she has found her dream job working at the Reynolds Homestead.
“The best part of my job every day is the wonderful people we have in this area. Providing services, programs and events that encourage life-long learning, enjoyment and professional development is a very fulfilling opportunity,” Lisa says.
When not planning programs or preparing meals for events, Lisa enjoys sports - especially Hokie football and Atlanta Braves baseball - gardening, canning, reading and relaxing.
276.694.7181 ext. 22
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager/Fiscal Technician
As Administrative Assistant/Office Manager/Fiscal Technician with the Reynolds Homestead, Terri’s role is to provide financial support for the director and Community Enrichment Center, while adhering to the policies and procedures of Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Foundation. Terri ensures the operation of Reynolds Homestead runs smoothly by developing the annual budget; maintaining accounts payable and receivables; reconciling monthly accounts; providing monthly reports; submitting payroll, and completing all university-related transactions; managing cash handling and credit card revenues for events and activities; and ensuring refunds and deposits are processed accurately.
In addition, Terri maintains a master calendar for rentals and works with maintenance and operations staff to ensure the facilities are properly maintained and set ups for events and activities are correct. A true team player, Terri also provides assistance as needed in set up, clean up, and kitchen work for events.
Terri says, “My personal mission with the Reynolds Homestead Community Enrichment Center is to continue to develop a relationship with Virginia Tech financial officers while, ensuring customer and community satisfaction at the Reynolds Homestead are met. By having a “Can Do” attitude towards any task, I want to ensure that customer service and hospitality are always first and foremost during the daily activities and interaction with our community.
276.694.7181 ext. 21
Assistant Program Coordinator
Sarah Wray is a 2010 graduate of James Madison University with a major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Women’s Studies. After graduating, Sarah taught Pre-K in Savannah, Ga for three years before returning to her hometown of Patrick County. She has worked as the Assistant Program Coordinator at the Reynolds Homestead since the fall of 2013, working closely with the local schools and homeschool groups to provide educational programs for students and helpful resources for local teachers. Sarah also plans and implements yearly summer camps and works to extend the educational reach of Reynolds Homestead each day. Sarah values the great importance of non-profit work in local communities and co-founded One Family Productions, the non-profit organization that presents Front Porch Fest. She also enjoys hiking, working in the community, enjoying time with her pets and live music.
Sarah says “As the Assistant Program Coordinator, my main focus is on children’s activities and educational programming, which is my passion. Anytime I see a child’s eyes light up with curiosity or that lightbulb turn on because they mastered a new concept, it is a win in my book! My favorite thing about working at Reynolds Homestead is the diversity of programs and people - each day brings something and someone new. Working with a small staff calls for a lot of teamwork, which is something I thrive on. We all ban together to get the job done and provide something beneficial to our community, which is very rewarding.”
276.694.7181 ext. 27
Beth Almond Ford
Historical Services Assistant
Beth, Historical Services Assistant, has worked at the Reynolds Homestead for over a dozen years. During that time, she has given tours of the historic home, trained volunteers to become docents, taught memoir writing, worked with the Arts Fusion/Alzheimer’s outreach programs, planned bi-monthly History Around Us programs, organized the annual Book Sale and Silent Art Auction, and been liaison for our guilds and clubs.
Beth is a West Virginia native, a graduate of Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, with a B.A. in Religious Studies, and she is also an LPN. In her spare time, Beth is an avid reader, a collector of antique postcards, and a lover of long walks. She has one son, an attorney in Florida, and one grandchild.
276.694.7181 ext. 29
Maintenance and Operations Coordinator
As Maintenance and Operations Coordinator, it is Steve's responsibility to ensure the facilities are kept clean and safe, and the grounds are well-manicured. He is also responsible to make sure everything is set and ready for programs and events.
276.694.7181 ext. 26